The management of the Law Development Center (LDC) in Kampala has asked Police to intervene in the planned demonstration of over 500 students including former students at the institution scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The students, under the leadership of Kenneth Mugarura want to protest the refusal by LDC to release the results of students who sat for examinations under a temporary injunction order of the High Court in Kampala in august this year.
LDC has since declined to release the results to them on account that they are awaiting the final decision of the court that will determine whether it’s ok for a student to sit for supplementary exams more than once.
“The management of the LDC has seen a notice of a meeting and demonstration by students at its Kampala main campus at plot 339, Gaddafi Road. We wish to point out that we strongly object the intending meeting/ procession and demonstration because section 5 (3) of the Public Order Management Act 2013 requires the organizers of a public meeting/ demonstration to seek and obtain the consent of the owner of the proposed venue which Mr Mugarura has neither sought nor obtained,” Didas Bakunzi Mufasha, the Secretary of LDC states in a letter to Police.
Mr Bakunzi points out that LDC hosts a Grade One Magistrate court which is a restricted area, as such an illegal demonstration should not be allowed.
LDC also reasoned that at the moment, there are various academic activities going on at the institution including the writing of examinations, hence an illegal demonstration will cause disruptions.
“Take the necessary measures to protect the main campus of the LDC from the breach of peace threatened by the intending demonstrations. It is surprising that the intending demonstrators now seek to demonstrate against the effect of a court order that they themselves sought, obtained and benefited from,” part of the notice addressed to police states.
A few weeks ago, LDC released the results of the students for the academic year 2018/19, however, the results for students who sat exams following a court order were withheld pending the decision of the court in the main case scheduled on December 9th ahead of the graduation on 13th December.
Likewise, the Uganda Law Society in its official communication urged the aggrieved students to wait for the final court verdict on December 9 and desist from issuing threats and planning to engage in an illegal demonstration on Thursday.